MY TOP RECOMMENDATIONS
Welcome to the Resoundsound Resources section. It’s a curated list of tools and resources I recommend for stepping up your game. I have personally worked with and vouch 100% for every recommendation on this page. They are all crucial pieces in my personal everyday workflow (or were crucial at some earlier stage of my career).
Full disclosure for transparency: I am affiliated with some of the companies on this page and I have received some of the products free of charge. I receive a lot of free stuff. Most of it never makes it into my everyday workflow. Please understand that the stuff on this page is what I’m using – I recommend these products because I find them special. Please don’t spend money on anything unless you feel it’s what you need or that it will help you achieve your goals.
CRAFT WITH CONFIDENCE
My studio is pretty well treated, but it still leaves me with some problems in the low end. Unless you are working in a mastering grade studio, that is likely the case for you as well. I’m using the Sonarworks room measurement and reference speaker & headphone calibration to counter this. It works wonders for me – especially in the low end. It cleverly accounts for and evens out the gaps and bumps in your room’s frequency response. It can do the same for many headphones as well.
Whether it’s to finalise your music to play out at a gig or to crank out a DIY master for a release, you need a rock solid set of tools for mastering. iZotope Ozone has been leading the way for years and for a good reason. It provides you with an all-in-one solution of robust, trustworthy, easy to use and high quality tools to get the job done.
Magic AB by Sample Magic is a super important tool in my workflow. I use it in every project, all the time. Magic AB makes referencing a breeze. It loads up as a plugin onto the master channel in your DAW. It then allows you to instantly compare your mix to up to 9 different reference songs (you can save banks of 9 songs as presets). It also has facilities for metering and matching loudness. Insanely useful and has made my mixdowns much better.
The EQ is probably the most important tool in your music production arsenal. And not all EQ’s are the same. The FabFilter Pro-Q2 is my workhorse EQ. I have been using it for years. It’s super versatile and has been coded with very high standards. It’s clean as a whistle and has many different operating modes and options for covering different situations. I love the interface and the big spectrum display makes it just as useful as a spectrum analyser.
Right next to a good EQ should be a good compressor. I recommend the Pro-C2 because it is incredibly versatile. It is perfectly at home with all kinds of tasks from subtle mastering to mix bus glue, vocal processing and extreme pumping effects. Because of it’s visual display of the signal, it’s easy to understand. It’s a great way to learn about compression as well. The Pro-C2 also has all the great interface features we’re used to seeing in FabFilter plugins. A desert island plugin for sure.
The limiters most DAWs come with leave a lot to be desired with in terms of sound as well as features. The FabFilter Pro-L has been my choice for critical limiting tasks for years. The Pro-L2 offers you everything you could wish for in a limiter. A clean sound, all the important processing options, a superb GUI and modern metering options.
KEEP YOUR COMPUTER IN CHECK
This app has saved me so many gigabytes of hard drive space (especially precious with SSD drives) and a lot of headaches. It scans your system for junk, uninstalls apps properly for you, runs different kinds of maintenance scripts and so on. A clean computer is one that works.
I am not a PC user so I haven’t actually used this program. But since I have such good experiences with Clean My Mac, I wanted to include their option for PC users as well. It’s by the same developer and works with Windows 7, 8 and 10.
I have lost a lot of important work on more than one occasion because of not having backups when accidents and hard drive failures have happened. Backblaze cloud backup is helping me make sure this doesn’t happen anymore. I researched the different services and ended up choosing Backblaze because it comes with unlimited storage space (as you surely know, music projects eat up a ton of space). Considering that it’s also very affordable – a bargain really for your peace of mind.
Gemini is an intelligent duplicate file finder for Mac. It scans your computer and lets you deal with any duplicates that are taking space on your hard drives. After scanning Gemini gives you a clean and easy to use view of everything and lets you make the decisions on what to scrap. It can even look through your iTunes and Photos libraries. It’s a simple to use but very powerful tool in your battle against digital clutter.
GET YOUR THINGS DONE
I’ve tried and researched a lot of different ways to manage projects and tasks. Out of all the apps that I’ve tried I like Todoist the most. It’s clean, coherent, cross-platform and offers good integrations.
I use Evernote on my phone to make note of and organise all kinds ideas I get throughout the day. I also use it to archive all kinds of non-task things I need to remember. It’s been a solid part of my workflow for many years.
A great free service for transferring large files (such as project files, stems and mixdowns). It’s free for files up to 2GB. It’s very streamlined and you get a notification when the recipient has downloaded your file. Also great for sending out demos.
LEARN AND GET INSPIRED
by Greg McKeown
The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. This is a book for anyone who is dealing with having too much to do or having too little time to do anything. Being an Essentialist is about a disciplined way of thinking. It means challenging the core assumption of ‘We can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’.
by Robert Greene
An absolutely epic book that examines the lives of great historical figures as well as contemporary heroes and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them succeed in their fields. I have listened this one several times as an audiobook and also own a hard copy. I find myself coming back to it every once in a while, reminding myself of the concepts and deepening my understanding of them.
by Cal Newport
A fascinating and super rewarding dive into the world of focus and getting your important work done. I’ve listened the audio version of this book twice by now and I am sure I will be returning to it again. I love Newport’s clear and educational style. As the world keeps getting more hectic, this book is only becoming more and more relevant.
TOOLS OF TITANS – THE TACTICS, ROUTINES AND HABITS OF BILLIONAIRES, ICONS AND WORLD-CLASS PERFORMERS
by Tim Ferriss
The beauty of reading good books is that it puts you ahead of the curve. This book leverages the knowledge and tactics of so many successful people it’s mind boggling. It’s practical and inspiring. It’s a great book to dip in and out of. You can skim the contents and stop to read what happens to strike you at that very moment.